I first saw Shelley’s work at a fashion show that was curated last year by The Style Initiative. What struck me about Shelley’s dresses and skirts was her attention to detail: you can see her background in pattern-making in the way she cuts her dresses, and in the very feminine elements in her designs.
A few months after that fashion show, my son and his girlfriend announced that they were getting married. I knew right away which shoes I wanted to wear – I had bought a beautiful pair of tango shoes in Buenos Aires the previous year – but I was going to need a dress to complement them. I didn’t want to go the “traditional mother-of-the-bride route”, I wanted something different: something colourful, a little flirty, and I wanted to be able to wear it after the wedding. Of course, I thought of Shelley. We exchanged a few ideas by email, then we met in her studio where she showed me some of her current designs and took measurements. We kicked around a few more ideas where Shelley was candid about colours and ‘looks’ (which I was so grateful for!), and the end product was not only perfect, it was extremely comfortable, and it’s timeless.
– Patti Loach
Name: Patti Loach
What’s a typical day like for you? Because I’m a pianist and self-employed I don’t really have ‘typical’ days but every morning without fail, my husband John – we’ve been married 34 years – greets me with a cappuccino and a huge smile. That’s a constant.
I bike the Martin Goodman trail every day until there’s too much snow or ice to ride safely. The rest of my day is filled with practicing, looking for new material to perform with the singers I work with, updating various websites I manage, shooting and editing photos, organizing music soirées we host in our kitchen, and hanging out with friends and family.